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Anyone around in the '80s certainly played with a Rubik's Cube at some point. And many of those people probably ended up peeling stickers off to solve the infuriating puzzle. Researchers from the University of California-Irvine have created an AI system that is able to solve the Rubik's Cube in just over a second; it's called DeepCubeA. The scientists say that the AI system can solve the puzzle without any in-game coaching from humans or specific domain knowledge. In some circles, the Rubik's Cube is still a big deal, in 2015 a teen set a world record for solving a Rubik's Cube in 5.25 seconds. The AI system can solve the puzzle cube in a fraction of that time. Study senior author, Pierre Baldi,... Read more...
Google's DeepMind division has had considerable success competing against and crushing human competitors in Starcraft II. The DeepMind AlphaStar artificial intelligence (AI) trounced Grzegorz "MaNa" Komincz of Team Liquid back in January 5-0 in a professional match on a competitive ladder. However, in that matchup, MaNa knew that he was going up against AI ahead of time, so there were no surprises. Google will now enter its AlphaStar into a Starcraft II European competitive ladder in the near future where it will essentially be going undercover to battle against human opponents.  "For scientific test purposes, DeepMind will be benchmarking AlphaStar’s performance by... Read more...
The developer of the rather disturbing and depraved 'DeepNude' application, that is programmed to "undress" women using machine learning and AI technology, has shut down the operation following a backlash on social media. In a message posted to Twitter, the developer acknowledged that "the probability that people will misuse [the application] is too high." Ya think?  How or why the developer may have ever thought otherwise is a mystery. In a lame attempt to justify the app's existence, the developer further stated that the software was created "for user's entertainment" and is "not that great, it only works with particular photos." Here is the full statement on why the app is no longer... Read more...
PC gamers who have been around, or who have downloaded the original 1993 Doom, will remember the pixelated Doom guy avatar that was a hallmark of that game. I'd wager a bunch of players wondered at some point what that guy would look like in real life. The answer to that question is here with someone employing an AI-trained neural network and having it turn the Doom guy's pixelated likeness into a high-resolution photo. It's hard to see any details in those pixelated images from Doom, but somehow the high-resolution images produced by the neural network look exactly as you would expect them to look. As for how the image came to be, it's said to be the final product of several AI systems that... Read more...
Scientists and casual stargazers alike have been trying for thousands of years to identity the flashes of light that come from the moon. One scientist believes that they are close to pinning down the origins of the phenomenon. Dr. Hakan Kayal from the University of Würzburg in Bavaria will use telescopes and AI to explain the flashes of light on the moon. Dr. Kayal has spent several years studying this lunar mystery as well as other topics such as nano satellites. These light sources are referred to as transient lunar phenomenon or TLP. Dr. Kayal and his team have built a custom telescope in Spain that is over 62 miles (100 km) from the nearest sources of light pollution. Kayal’s system... Read more...
Late last month we saw Samsung's Galaxy Home Mini take a visit to the FCC and we wondered where the full-size Galaxy Home device, which was first announced last year, was hiding. Word has surfaced out of Korea that the Galaxy Home has been delayed again until Q3 2019. The device was initially expected to ship back in 2018. Samsung Electronics' Consumer Electronics CEO Kim Hyun-suk said this week according to a report by The Korea Herald. The Galaxy Home is Samsung's entry into the booming smart speaker market and will be the hub for the company's smart home functions. Galaxy Home will run Samsung's Bixby assistant and was initially unveiled at the Galaxy Note 9 Unpacked event in August 2018.... Read more...
Google has been making greats strides to bring its Duplex reservation service to more states. For those not in the know, Google Duplexuses advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically make reservations for you (i.e. dinner for two at a restaurant). You tell the Google Assistant where you want to eat, what day/time, and how many people will be attending; Duplex then places the call for you -- using an incredibly human-like voice -- and books the reservation. Google Duplex demo from Google I/O 2018 A new report from the New York Times has indicated that humans actually need to intervene in quite a few cases for current Duplex reservations. In fact, as many as 25 percent... Read more...
What if the person you were watching on TV was not an actual human? Researchers from the Samsung Institute in Moscow and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology have discovered a way to bypass 3D modeling. Samsung researchers recently introduced a new AI that can create talking heads from single photos and paintings. It can be very difficult to create realistic talking heads without dipping into the uncanny valley. Companies such as Dessa have been able to replicate other’s voices, but videos are more difficult. Samsung researchers noted that “human heads have high photometric, geometric and kinematic complexity.” They also remarked that human beings are quite good at determining... Read more...
Well, we can't say that we saw this one coming. Two bitter rivals in the console gaming market have announced the formation of a new partnership that will see Sony and Microsoft collaborating on "direct-to-consumer entertainment platforms and AI solutions." Sony's Kenichiro Yoshida and Microsoft's Satya Nadella At the center of this new tie-up between the gaming powerhouses is Microsoft's Azure datacenter solution. Microsoft already uses Azure for the backend of its own streaming Xbox-relating gaming services, but Sony is looking to tap into Azure to power its own game streaming and content streaming services for the PlayStation platform. Microsoft's own xCloud gaming service will launch... Read more...
Most people have used natural language computing in one form or another. thanks to voice assistants out there from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and others. The idea is that you can interact with your device just as if you were talking to a human. The most popular of these voice assistants is Amazon's Alexa and even Facebook is working on a voice assistant competitor as well. Voice assistants are here to stay and Microsoft wants to make them better. Systems available today can do things like make an appointment on your calendar, but they can't engage in a dialog back and forth with the user about how to handle multiple high-priority requests. Microsoft says that the next generation of intelligent... Read more...
All drivers have been there before where someone whips in front of you from a merge lane into a gap barely large enough for their car, and you want to scream. Intel and its subsidiary Mobileye think that one way to solve some of the problems that self-driving cars have today is by making them much more aggressive and essentially turning them into a-holes that will shoot into that a small gap in traffic, with a level of precision. One of the challenges for autonomous cars right now is that the AI inside makes them act like your (stereotypical) Grandmother. Intel wants to cure that nervous behavior using something it calls the Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) program. RSS is meant to help... Read more...
Artificial intelligence has the potential to change lots of things (in good ways) for humanity. Some people, notably Elon Musk, fear an AI arms race could lead to another world war. AI has shown that it is capable of beating humans in games that humans have mastered over many years, such as Google's AlphaGo AI defeating Go world champion Lee Sedol. Now, AI has invented an entirely new sport using data from 400 existing sports. The new sport is called Speedgate, and it was created after design agency AKQA feed the AI neural network data on 400 existing sports. The AI came up with some wacky ideas for sports; one of them was exploding Frisbees making it a good thing that the AI can't force... Read more...
If you’d like your Google Assistant to have a silky smooth, soulful voice responding to your every command, your day has some. Google has announced that its first celebrity voice is now available, and it comes from none other than Grammy-winning singer John Legend. The new celebrity voice is only available on a limited time basis, and can be invoked by saying “Hey Google, talk like a Legend.” Although most complex requests will still be handled by the standard Google Assistant voice, you’ll hear Legend’s voice when you ask for the temperature or when asking random questions like “Why is the sky blue” or “Tell me a joke.” You can also ask AI... Read more...
Intel is launching its latest salvo of data-centric products today, targeting a wide range of workloads and applications. You may think that means a fresh batch of powerful Xeons are on the way – and you’d be correct but there's more. Today marks the official arrival of Intel’s Cascade Lake, many-core 2nd Generation Xeon Scalable Series Processors, but the company is also announcing or launching a plethora of adjacent products including new FPGAs, innovative network controllers, a new server chassis platform, and Optane DC Persistent memory. And along with those powerful Xeon Scalable Series Processors, more specialized Xeon-D series products, which are designed for all sorts... Read more...
Last year NVIDIA launched the Jetson AGX Xavier board which aimed to be the brains behind next-gen AI devices. NVIDIA has now announced the Jetson Nano developer board that it says will enable the development of millions of new and small low-power AI systems. NVIDIA is aiming the Jetson Nano at IoT applications including entry-level Network Video Recorders, home robots, and intelligent gateways that offer full analytics capabilities. Jetson Nano is very small at 70 x 45mm; in fact it's the smallest Jetson device that NVIDIA offers. Jetson Nano is a production-ready System on Module (SoM) that can be used across multiple industries. Nano uses a Maxwell GPU with 128 CUDA cores. The CPU... Read more...
Sometimes the question is not 'can we?' but 'should we?', and whoever decided to make a deepfake video of Steve Buscemi's mug on Jennifer Lawrence completely ignored the latter. The result is one of the most frightening things you'll ever see. Granted, beauty is subjective and in the eye of the beholder. But let us explain. Yes, Steve Buscemi is getting up there in age, his younger days now firmly behind him. He's also a great actor, and perhaps even an underappreciated one—he has an impressive acting resume that includes Reservoir Dogs, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski, and one of this editor's favorite TV series, The Sopranos. However, mashing his face onto Jennifer Lawrence is both... Read more...
The release of Tesla’s Autopilot Hardware 3.0 is just around the corner and the automotive firm has made a number of significant changes with this upgrade. A series of recent patents have confirmed that Tesla will utilize a new artificial intelligence chip, or “neural net accelerator”. This will replace the NVIDIA hardware that is currently used in the Autopilot 2.0 platform and should enable full self-driving capabilities in the future.  Why is Tesla working on a new AI chip? According to the patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, “Processing for machine learning and artificial intelligence typically requires performing mathematical operations... Read more...
Memes are a big part of the web, especially on social media, and they serve different purposes. Humor is the primary reason memes exist, obviously, but they can also be used to make political statements and to share satirical thoughts. Could they also be used to harvest user data, though? That is a question that has been raised in response to the 10-year profile picture challenge that has gone viral on Facebook. You have probably seen this one already—the 'challenge' is to post your first profile picture alongside your most recent one to compare how much you have changed over the years. Oftentimes, there is a fixed data applied to the challenge, usually 10 years, though some participants... Read more...
We tend to associate NVIDIA with graphics cards, and more specifically, the graphics processing units (GPUs) that go inside them, but the company has a much broader focus. For example, NVIDIA is heavily invested in artificial intelligence technologies. As part of that, NVIDIA recently opened up a robotics lab in Seattle near the University of Washington campus to research and develop the next generation of artificially intelligent robots. NVIDIA opened the lab in November with 14 researchers and expects to triple that number by midyear, which also factors in visiting faculty and interns. Dieter Fox, senior director of robotics research at NVIDIA and professor at the University of Washington's... Read more...
A little over a year ago, we talked about NVIDIA and its AI processing technology that was working to create realistic-looking human faces from a few source photos. The images that the AI created were so photorealistic that you would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the AI generated faces and real human faces in photos. The technology has come so far in the last four years that the difference is now even more astonishing, and frankly a little creepy. The image above (b) shows the faces that a similar AI was able to generate in 2014, while the photo below this paragraph shows the faces the AI can create today. The AI-rendered faces are so good that if you weren't told... Read more...
NVIDIA launched its first Jetson family products back in 2015 when its Jetson TX1 system aimed to be the brains behind autonomous devices, from drones to robotics and autonomous vehicles. The Silicon Valley GPU giant then added to the Jetson line in 2017 with the Jetson TX2 for commercial drones and smart robots. Today, NVIDIA has now announced the latest addition to the Jetson family called the Jetson AGX Xavier Module, and the company says this new processing engine is targeted at bringing up to 32 TOPS of performance to next-generation autonomous machines. Despite its big processing power, the AGX Xavier Module is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand (or robotic arm), and... Read more...
When it comes to modern smartphones, AI performance is becoming increasingly more relevant to everyday tasks. In addition to offloading tasks usually handled by the main processor, dedicated AI engines are empowering computational photography allowing today’s flagship phones to capture amazing images.  To that end, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8150 is shaping up to be an AI powerhouse, at least according to leaked numbers that have shown up at AI-Benchmark. The AI-Benchmark site notes the benchmark consists of 9 Computer Vision AI tasks performed by 9 separate Neural Networks that are running on smartphones currently. The tasks include Object Recognition and Classification,... Read more...
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